September 19, 2011 1:56pm PT by Jethro Nededog
Emmys 2011: 10 By the Numbers Facts From the Awards
While we could give you a straight up accounting of the night’s awards, The Hollywood Reporter thought we should try to take a look at the evening in a more dynamic way.
We’ve decided to give you a numerical look back on the awards focusing on the numbers one through 10 and how those numbers were represented during this year’s awards.
Take a look at our numerical breakdown of the 2011 Emmys below.
1. There were several first time Emmy winning actors. That list includes both Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce for the miniseries Mildred Pierce, Mike & Molly’s Melissa McCarthy, Barry Pepper for The Kennedys, Kyle Chandler for Friday Night Lights, Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones, Justified’s Margo Martindale, and, of course, Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen for Modern Family.
2. HBO’s Game of Thrones won two of its 13 nominations. Despite a stellar first season for the series and more than a dozen chances for a trophy, the series only nabbed two. The first was awarded last week at the Creative Emmys for Outstanding Title Design. And Dinklage brought in the second for the show with his Supporting Actor in a Drama Series win.
3. AMC’s total haul for this year only amounted to three awards. AMC nabbed 29 nominations this year. Mad Men earned 19 of those making it the most nominated series this year. In the end, it earned two of the network’s three awards, though its win for Best Drama Series makes it the first basic cable series to win four years in a row. The third award for AMC came from The Walking Dead’s Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup – naturally.
4. The quartet who sang “Halleluiah” during the In Memoriam is The Canadian Tenors. Viewers wondered who those young men were and Canadians must have thought, duh. They are the current configuration of the group started in 2003: Victor Micallef, Clinton Murray, Remigio Pereira, and Fraser Walters.
5. Modern Family scored five of its 17 nominations. The ABC sitcom was the big comedy winner of Sunday’s awards, including Best Comedy Series, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, as well as a win for writing. Host Jane Lynch even jokingly welcomed the audience back from a commercial break to the Modern Family awards.
6. PBS’ Downton Abbey scores six awards after its first season. The British “upstairs, downstairs” drama won four of its six awards at Sunday night’s ceremony, including best mini-series, best direction, best writing and best supporting actress for Maggie Smith.
7. The Emmingtons consisted of seven actors who introduced several categories with musical whimsy. They’re not The Canadian Tenors, but we’ll take it. The group consisted of Chuck star Zachary Levi, Community’s Joel McHale, NCIS: Los Angeles’ LL Cool J, Person of Interest’s Taraji P. Henson, Awake’s Wilmer Valderrama, How I Met Your Mother's Cobie Smulders and The Office's Kate Flannery.
8. Boardwalk Empire walked away with eight primetime and creative Emmy statues, making the HBO series the biggest winner this year. The mafia series’ awards include Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for Martin Scorsese; Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic); Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series; Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series; Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series; Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series; and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series.
9. Jon Stewart reaches its ninth award. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart now holds nine awards after this year. At Sunday’s ceremony, Jon Stewart’s comedic news program picked up Outstanding variety, music or comedy series and Outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy series. Meanwhile Amazing Race took the Outstanding Reality Competition award after being nominated nine times in a row. It could have done a clean sweep -- except for 2003 when Top Chef pulled off an upset last year.
10. At 15 minutes to 10 p.m. ET, TIVO users discovered their third most watched moment of the Emmys. According to TIVO, Dinklage’s acceptance speech was the third most watched and re-watched moment of the evening among its users. What were the first two? Charlie Sheen is winning in the No. 1 spot at 8:44 p.m. ET when he presented the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series and wished “good luck” to the cast and crew of Two and a Half Men. And the second involved his replacement at 8:56 p.m. ET when Ashton Kutcher sat in the boss’ chair on the set of The Office, because he thought that was the show he was joining.
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